Does anyone else wonder how our federal government appears to be working overtime trying to stop the use of tobacco while our state governments are legalizing the use of marijuana? More smoke and mirrors….. smoke and mirrors…………smoke and……. smo……. what was I talking about? does anyone feel hungry
I don’t really care if they legalize marijuana as it appears that it is readily available now, but I was a middle school teacher for a long time and making anything more available to teenagers, as this law will, that teenagers can use to deny reality and potentially ruin their future is something I can’t condone.
I also believe that many people who vote for the legalization of this drug have no idea of what modern marijuana has become and will become with further genetic engineering. Perhaps an example would help. Modern high quality marijuana is about 6 times more powerful than it was in 60’s when its use was popularized. Think of that in terms of sitting down and drinking 6 beers in an hour instead of one or perhaps sharing 6 bottles of wine over an evening instead of “sharing” one, and the dangers become clear.
Because I have ceased to expect logic from our government I won’t even go into the logical inconsistencies found between enforcement and attitude towards the two drugs. I do believe that something has to be done about drug crime and imprisonment of users (sellers can rot in Hell with the bedbugs they mimic) but pure legalization is simply a winding primrose path that has been tried some places in Europe and is now being pulled back on that continent as the net results become evident.
My only prediction is that it will be a “tourist” boom for Colorado and Washington but I doubt if the tourists are going to be exactly what the tourist industry needed or those states wanted. TV advertising which would appear to be legal as only tobacco and alcohol ads are banned will also give the states a welcome economic jolt now that the election ads have gone away.
Will every border town in Washington and Colorado have a dispensary, sort of like those found for fireworks on many state lines? In Colorado perhaps both could be sold from same store front as cigarette loads and getting loaded are both now legal.
To Colorado and Washington residents as they say in Las Vegas with a smile on their face and your money in their pocket, “Luck to the players.”